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Hearn on Joshua-Ruiz II: December 14 in Cardiff is Frontrunner

Anthony Joshua is "one million percent" sure on taking up a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Ruiz stunned the world of boxing when he handed Joshua the first defeat of his professional career at Madison Square Garden on June 1, dropping him four times to claim the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight belts.

The bout was Joshua's United States debut, yet Hearn subsequently implied they would take a rematch back to the United Kingdom.

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However, Ruiz told TMZ he would not be willing to let Joshua's camp call the shots, insisting he would not want a rematch to take place on the Briton's home turf.

Rumours then emerged on Friday suggesting the former champion was considering pulling out of discussions, but Hearn has rubbished those claims.

"Joshua is one million percent taking this rematch. Fact," Hearn told iFL TV on Saturday.

"I spoke to Joshua last night. He is one million per cent taking this rematch. I haven't even been asked to look at other options.

"He doesn't want to take an interim bout. Maybe we should, but he doesn't want to take a small fight, he wants the big fight and that's Joshua-Ruiz two."

Cardiff's Principality Stadium has been mooted as a potential venue, but Hearn insisted nothing has yet been decided in terms of where a rematch would be held, though the dates have been narrowed down.

"We've provided the dates to Team Ruiz, now we've got to provide the venue," Hearn added.

"The dates are November 29 or December 14, those are the dates we're working on. Of the venues that have come on in the last week, one is very serious and we're very deep in conversation.

"I think the frontrunner is still Cardiff, December 14. Madison Square Garden is in the running too."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BangEM on 07-23-2019

[QUOTE=Manlikefemi;19926185]These anti americans i don’t get you. You’re on an American Website, most likely on a American Search Engine, and a good chance of you using a American Product to type. You lot are obsessed with AJ and your pro…

Comment by EnglishOxide on 07-23-2019

[QUOTE=Manlikefemi;19926185]These anti americans i don’t get you. You’re on an American Website, most likely on a American Search Engine, and a good chance of you using a American Product to type. You lot are obsessed with AJ and your pro…

Comment by Manlikefemi on 07-22-2019

[QUOTE=BangEM;19924853]LMAO. Only you PBC goons cum Ruiz fan girls are pushing this idea on the internet. And probably fat Ruiz because he's uneducated (he seems to be more aware in his last interview on Saturday). Those running things at PBC…

Comment by markther on 07-22-2019

[QUOTE=BoloShot;19924919]Nah they wouldn't be that dumb, they'd have sealed that rematch clause tighter than a nun's pus.sy.[/QUOTE] LMAO!!!.. and I know a few nuns that were former strippers.

Comment by BangEM on 07-22-2019

[QUOTE=KTFOKING;19924899]I'm taking the man for his word. So if you're saying he is lying, then so be it. Keep dreaming about what? I don't give a damn where the rematch takes place. All I'm saying is that if it is…

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